Catalino ‘Tite’ Curet-Alonso is the preeminent composer in salsa. Don Tite is responsible for classic recordings such as Las caras lindas, Periódico de ayer, Anacaona, Plantación Adentro and Marejada feliz, among many others canonical pieces in the history of salsa. The legacy of Curet-Alonso was documented in Sonó Sonó, the yearly Christmas special produced by the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico in 2011. Featuring Roberto Roena, Cheo Feliciano, Tego Calderón, Trina Medina, and Calle 13 among other performers, this documentary narrates the musical and cultural transcendence of Curet-Alonso’s career, and refreshes his repertoire with new arrangements and interpretations.
The screening of the movie will be followed by a musical conversation lead by César Colón-Montijo, co-researcher and writer of the script for Sonó Sonó. Colón-Montijo is a journalist and doctorate student of ethnomusicology at Columbia University in New York. His dissertation research explores the multi-layered legacy of Ismael ‘Maelo’ Rivera in barrios throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.